Rain Halts Mercer Races, Smackdown! Postponed Two Weeks

Mercer, PA (July 26, 2014): Rains cut the Saturday Night Live! racing program short at Mercer Raceway Park and the extended forecast promised more moisture, causing management to postpone the Sunday racing card. Before the storm front moved into the area, the heat races were completed for the two winged Sprint Car divisions.

The Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors were the first class onto the speedway Saturday evening. Twenty-one cars signed in to compete. The victories went to C.J. Jones and Ken Rossey. Making his first start in several weeks was Michael Bauer. Bauer was the division’s point leader before he crashed his potent machine. After it was repaired, Bauer moved up to the 410 Sprint Cars. His new ride is the Lockhart number 58 formerly driven by third-generation driver Sye Lynch.

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MRP Kids Club Now Officially Part of MROA Ministries

MRP Kids Club not part of MROAOver the last few seasons the Kids Club has grown! As the Kids Club Directors (Don & Jess Kennedy) we felt the need to attend Motor Racing Outreach’s Ministry in Motor Sports training seminar in January 2014. By attending the seminar we gained valuable skills and knowledge that allows us to better assist our racing family in a much wider aspect.

After attending the seminar we felt the desire to join MROA (Motor Racing Outreach Association). As much as we don’t want to see it, Tragedy/Crisis situations do arise in motorsports, but we are now ready to assist our local racing community alongside our fellow MROA chaplains: Bill Beck, Tim Thoma ( Lernerville Speedway), Kevin Green and Scott & Judy Huey ( Hummingbird Speedway).
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Rain Foils Mercer Raceway Park; Doubleheader Weekend Next

Mercer, PA (July 19, 2014): Steady rains overnight and continuing into raceday inundated the track and grounds at Mercer Raceway Park forcing a cancellation of the Racing for a Cure Night. The event benefiting the American Cancer Society will be made up at a later date.

Next week, the speedway will host a pair of racing programs. July 26 will feature a Saturday Night Live! event. Sunday, July 27, will be the make-up date for Smackdown!, round two of the contest between the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds and the BRP Modified Tour.
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Riggs’ 358 Mod Upsets the BRP Big Blocks at the Park

Mercer, PA (July 12, 2014): Lonny Riggs, affectionately called the “Tugboat,” docked his Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified in victory lane in round one of the Smackdown! at Mercer Raceway Park. It marked the first time in the history of the rivalry that a Mercer-legal 358 defeated the Big Blocks of the BRP Modified Tour! During the event, Riggs turned the fastest official lap for a Modified of any sort at the Park, 17.100. As Riggs circled the speedway, fireworks could be seen over the backstretch from a bicentennial display on the town square.

George Englert got his third victory of the season in the Rock Concrete Modified Lites. Jimmy

Morris inherited the lead when C.J. Jones pitted during a red flag stoppage in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Morris went on to gain his third triumph of the year. Rusty Moore did it again in the Precise Racing Products Open Stock Cars, coming from last on the grid. It was his fifth visit to victory lane at the Park.

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Williams Wins Week before Wedding

Fink, Feil, Moore, Longwell Jr., and Jones also Score

Mercer, PA (July 5, 2014): Eric “Turkey” Williams registered a dominant performance in the nonstop 410 Sprint Car feature at Mercer Raceway Park presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and McCrudden’s Heating & Supply. It was his first triumph of the season and it came just a week before he will tie the knot with Dayna Gainor.

In the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds, Kyle Fink grabbed the lead on a lap six restart and he held command the rest of the way. The win moved him back to the top of the points standings by seven points over runnerup Jimmy Holden. Andy Feil took his third win of the season in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. Trusty Rusty Moore captured his third straight victory, and fourth overall, in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. Steve Longwell, Jr. returned to the winner’s circle in the Mini Stocks, presented by Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles. The nightcap for the Rock Concrete Modified Lites was worn by Rod Jones.

“You should win when you start up front like that,” Williams said with a sigh of relief. “I had to run hard the whole way because I had no idea who was behind me or where they were.” But, Williams did admit that be backed things down a bit with about five laps remaining when he saw the temperature gauge creeping up. “It got a little hotter than I’d like, and I was fortunate that I had such a big lead at the time,” he explained.

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